EDITORIAL: "Tainted Dookhan drug cases require blanket solution," published by the Boston Globe, on March 3, 2014.
GIST: "The full dimensions of the tragic mess left behind by the former state chemist Annie Dookhan, who is serving time in prison for tampering with drug evidence, finally became apparent this week. Just as clear is the proper legal remedy: Thousands of convictions of people who pleaded guilty when confronted with Dookhan’s tainted evidence must be overturned......Specifically, the ACLU is petitioning the state’s highest court to provide prosecutors with just a 90-day window to decide which drug cases they want to re-litigate from among the 40,000 that may have been corrupted by Dookhan. Failing to meet that bar, the convictions would be overturned automatically. The time frame may be too tight. But the basic approach is sound. The court and inspector general made clear that the disgraceful actions of Dookhan and the incompetent management practices at the state lab were responsible for this massive breakdown in the criminal justice system. The burden should rest on the government, not the defendants, to make it right."
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